Water rates in all of the SoCal MWD are going up this summer by 15-30%. Drought has been declared. There’s talk of Lake Mead being completely dry by 2021, and our shower has decided to conserve water. It refuses to stay on for more than a few seconds at a time, strongly suggesting that you conserve water. At first this might seem annoying, but long showers have been a guilty pleasure of mine, and I actually don’t mind getting some backtalk from the plumbing.
I felt similarly when the kitchen sink started draining slowly. It forced you to either be fast, or to use the water at a low enough flow that the drain could keep up. I kind of wanted to just pipe the drain out to the tire planters on the other side of the wall (we could have done it with the cleanout even – no new holes required).
I imagine that this is a little bit like what living in an Earthship would be like, except with more planning. Conspiring with yourself to be aware of what you’re using, before the universe forces the awareness upon you.